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My name is Sean E Avery and I'm a teacher, writer-illustrator, artist and designer from Perth, Western Australia.
Below you will find some third-person biographies that you can use if you need information about my work. You have my permission to freely use any photo you want from my site as long as you link back to me.
More samples of my writing and poetry can be found on my other site:
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Sean E Avery is a teacher, writer-illustrator, sculptor and designer born in South Africa; living in Perth, Western Australia. Locally, he’s best known as the writer-illustrator of well-loved children’s picture books, All Monkeys Love Bananas and Harold and Grace published by Fremantle Press. Internationally, he’s best known as a sculptor who uses CD’s and DVD’s to create breath-taking works of art that reside in galleries and private collections all around the world. He is curious, enthusiastic and ready to work hard for the things he believes in.
Sean E Avery is a teacher, writer-illustrator, sculptor and designer born in South Africa; living in Perth, Western Australia. He is a passionate Art teacher at Poynter Primary School in Duncraig.
Sean’s first picture book with Fremantle Press, All Monkeys Love Bananas, is in its third print run and has been a hit with children in Australia, The Middle East and Asia. His second book, Harold and Grace, was recently released and has become an excellent teaching resource for the Year Two science focus of metamorphosis. He has a playful way with words, an energetic illustration style and a modern, clean eye for design.
Internationally, Sean is best known for his animal sculptures made from electronic waste — particularly those made from discarded CD’s and DVD’s. Photos of Sean’s sculptures have featured in print and screen publications all around the world and many galleries and private collectors have commissioned him to build unusual and exciting pieces for them.
Sean is curious, enthusiastic and ready to work hard for the things he believes in.
Sean E Avery is a teacher, writer-illustrator, sculptor and designer born in South Africa; living in Perth, Western Australia. He was born in 1987 in Kimberly South Africa’s Northern Cape — a small, dusty mining town home to one of the biggest diamond mines in the world.
Sean’s Dad is a writer and his Mum is an art teacher and sculptor, so it’s clear to see where he got his early inspiration. Sean’s Dad, Barry, got him his first job writing YA fiction and video game reviews for the East Cape Herald when he was 12 years old. He was very proud to have a byline a dozen or so pages away from his Dad’s; who he still think is one of the greatest writers of all time.
He followed in his Mum’s footsteps when he became a teacher in 2013. He is the art teacher at Poynter Primary School in Duncraig.
Sean went to Curtin University of Technology when he graduated from high school to study graphic design. That was where he met an incredible tutor named Jacque Shaw who sparked his passion for children’s picture book design and illustration. He went looking for Jacque when his original graphics tutor’s professional opinion about his idea for a picture book was,
“Kids books can’t showcase good design. They’re too traditional.”
It pays to shop for open-minded instructors. He landed his first, publishing contract with Fremantle Press in 2012 for his picture book, All Monkeys Love Bananas. All Monkeys Love Bananas is currently in its third print-run and has been a hit with children in Australia, The Middle East and Asia. Some praise for All Monkeys Love Bananas:
‘… Avery’s illustrations, with their subversive, Steadman-esque quality, are full of movement and humour.’ The West Australian
‘You’ve got to love a flocked cover and the story … is just as enchanting.’ Scoop Magazine
‘… a playful tone and impish, endearing animals that will appeal to pre-schoolers. Verdict: Monkey Magic.’ Herald Sun
‘I highly recommend you look at this gorgeous book.’ Kids Book Review
‘… cool drawings and rhymes.’ The Sunday Times
‘With its velvet feel monkeys, the cover itself is enough to draw you in.’ Practical Parenting
‘Avery’s rhyming text is infectious.’ Canberra Times
His second picture book, Harold and Grace, was recently released and has become an excellent teaching resource for the Year Two science focus of metamorphosis. Some praise for Harold and Grace:
'This creative and intriguing picture book will definitely be a teacher’s delight.' Kidz Review Krew
'It’s ideal for schools to explore both the Sustainability cross-curricular priority and Biological Science units.' Buzz Words
'Beautifully illustrated, this is a book that can be read to littlies over and over again' Pedals
Sean’s reputation as an internationally acclaimed artist has come from his work as a sculptor specializing in re-purposing electronic waste. His most popular sculptures feature deconstructed CD’s and DVD’s, which he has re-built into organic shapes. Birds and small mammals have been his most popular subjects. Photos of Sean’s sculptures have featured in print and screen publications all around the world and many galleries and private collectors have commissioned him to build unusual and exciting pieces for them. Some of these commissions have gone to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, Scitech, Woodside Oil and Gas and Nespresso to name a few. In 2014, Sean went to represent Australia at the International Waste To Art exhibition in Baku, Azerbaijan.
He is convinced that a uniquely structured reading programme will change the way teachers inspire their students to become independent readers. He is determined to inspire a generation of emerging readers to do more than simply decode words — he wants them to LOVE words. Visit Sean’s other site for more details: